Photos of the Day
Doing Good and Having Fun
November 15 - Bahia Santa Maria
While at the Bahia Santa Maria Bay stop of the Ha-Ha, it occurred
to the Grand Poobah that a fund-raiser for the poor kids of San
Blas, Mexico, would be a cool thing. So he offered a 90-minute
sail around the bay on 'Profligate' to anyone willing to pony
up $20. The folks you see in the photo responded, thereby almost
instantly raising $420. The money will be passed on to Norm Goldie,
the long time cruisers' friend in San Blas, for the most effective
Photos Latitude 38/Richard
November 15 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Once again it's quiet in the tropics.
To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/.
Looking for current as well as recent wind and sea readings from 17 buoys and stations between Pt. Arena and the Mexican border? Here's the place - which has further links to weather buoys and stations all over the U.S.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml. Also check out http://facs.scripps.edu/surf/buoylist.html (but note that the Java Applet is still not working with some browsers on Macs - including your Webmistress's Netscape Communicator!)
You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you might check at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
The Baja Ha-Ha - No Reason to Eat Poorly
November 15 - Cabo San Lucas
Michelle Slade, one of the crew aboard 'Profligate' for the
Ha-Ha, demonstrates that there's no need to eat poorly while
cruising. The boat's post Second Leg meal consisted of freshly
prepared coleslaw, ranch pototoes, seared yellowtail that had
been caught just hours before, and lobster that had been purchased
live from the locals. It was all topped off with a couple of
nice California wines from Costco, the provisioner's favorite.
Photo Latitude 38/ Richard
November 15 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace
Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
November 15 - Canary Islands
The 23-boat Vendée Globe fleet is down around the Canary
Islands at an important gateway. The winds are all over the place
and blowing at anywhere from five to 30 knots. This is a time
and place where some boats may find the right conditions and break
away to major leads, while others may get left behind. In many
respects, it's harder on the singlehanders than the rough stuff
in the Southern Ocean.
The current standings are as follows: 1. 'Aquitaine Innovations', Yves Parlier, 2. 'PRB', Michel Desjoyeaux (+8 miles) 3. 'Sill Matines La Potagère', Roland Jourdain (+ 34m) 4. 'Kingfisher', Ellen MacArthur (+ 54m) 5. 'Active Wear', Marc Thiercelin (+ 56m) 6. 'Sodebo Savourons la Vie', Thomas Coville (+ 68m) 7. 'EBP - Esprit PME - Gartmore', Josh Hall (+ 77m).
Race website: www.vendeeglobe.com.
November 15 - Switzerland
Even though Switzerland isn't on any ocean, there has been
talk of the country fielding two challenges for the 2003 America's
Cup in Auckland. Alas, the Watchout challenge has decided to throw
in the towel, having been able to raise only half their budget.
The other Swiss challenge is not expected to fold because it's
headed by Ernesto Berterelli, a billionaire with no money problems.
For more news on the challengers, check out http://www.louisvuittoncup.com.
November 15 - Dartmouth, UK
Pete Goss' much troubled 'Team Phillips' catamaran is reported
back at Dartmouth waiting for the next weather window to step
her second mast and begin sea trials for the third time. She had
been returned to Totnes and lifted out of the water to modify
her props and to have the bearings and bases replaced on her wishbone
masts. Check out the Team Philips Web site at http://www.teamphilips.com/
By the way, yesterday's 'Lectronic Latitude photo of Cam Lewis' Team Adventure was a recreation of how Cam views the boat sailing in his mind. 'Team Adventure' won't actually leave Cherbourg for sea trials for a few more days. But hey, a lot of folks didn't believe Cam would get this far. http://www.teamadventure.org.
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